Document: DOU-3-28-35

Increasing minority involvment in ecology.

HILEMAN, D.R.*, R.O.ANKUMAH, K.C.DAY, J.S.HISHAW, I.N.MOORE, L.B.PREVOST, Y.B.QADIMÆASIL and C.O.WILLIAMS

Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL, 36088, USA 1

Abstract:
The SEEDS (Strategies for Ecology Education Development and Sustainabiliy) is a joint program of the ESA and The College Fund/UNCF aimed at increasing the number of minority students entering ecological careers. The SEEDS program at Tuskegee University, which began in 1997 with two faculty and five students, has grown to five faculty and eleven students. The main aspects of the program are the recruitment of students into ecological fields, the raising of ecological awareness on campus, and the improvement of ecological course offerings. Recruitment activities include presentations by SEEDS students to introductory life science classes, field trips to ecological sites, and seminars by invited ecologists. Ecological awareness is increased through a SEEDS-sponsored recycling project, 'environmental thought' fliers, and an annual environmental awareness workshop. In the curriculum, two new environmental science courses have been initiated, and several exisitng courses have been upgraded to include improved labs and more active learning and problem-based learning exercises. Seven of the 18 students who have participated in the first three years of the SEEDS program have graduated. Of those, four are now in graduate programs in ecological fields and one is employed at EPA.

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